By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS â€” HUNDREDS of Nigerians yesterday took to the streets in Lagos, to celebrate theÂ international recognition ofÂ Professor John Clement Uwemedimo as inventor of the globally used anti corrosive paints said to be indispensable in the petroleum and steelÂ industries.
Until a recent intervention by the courts both in Nigeria and Britain, as well as the World Intellectual Property Rights Organisations based in Switzerland, ProfessorÂ Uwemedimo had been locked in a legal tango with
a multinational oil company over patent right of the invention.
The celebration procession, which kicked off at Ahmadu Bello Way, partially disrupted vehicular movement on the Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis of the Lagos metropolis as the celebrants visited American, British,Â Italian embassies, the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, among other places.
They called on Nigerian leaders to take urgent steps to protect the intellectual rights and patent of Nigerians who had successfully assisted the international community and re-branded the country through their inventions.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Mike Uyi, President-General of the Global Peace Movement International, a London-based human rights organisation that organised the rally and celebrations, said the purpose of the rally was for the country to realise that there were NigerianÂ men and women who were working hard day and night to re-brand the image of the country.